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The Survivor in the Recovery Process
The survivor in the recovery process

I don't think my life will ever be the same as it was before I was raped.

—An acquaintance rape survivor
The Nature of Traumatic Events

Human beings are vulnerable to a wide range of losses and hardships in the course of their lives. Such personal crises as death, divorce, relocation, sudden unemployment, and serious illness, although frequently predictable and perhaps even inevitable in people's lives, can overwhelm the victim's ability to make sense of the painful experience and to pull the pieces of a shattered life back together.

Traumatic events are distinguished from more common misfortunes by their extraordinary impact on their victims, by their possible threats to life, and by their close association with violence. Such ...

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